James Pfrehm

Assistant Professor, Department of Modern Languages and Literatures
Faculty, School of Humanities and Sciences

Specialty:German Language and Linguistics
Phone:(607) 274-5139
Office:301 Muller Center
Ithaca, NY 14850

Originally from the Pacific Northwest, I completed an MA in German Literature at the University of Washington in 2001, and a PhD in Sociolinguistics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2007. My research interests mainly reside in the field of sociolinguistics: perceptual dialectology, pluricentric languages (with a focus on Austrian German), language standardization and codification, and language variation. In addition to teaching, I enjoy exploring new venues of instructional technology (especially Web 2.0-based), exercising, home brewing, hiking (Ithaca is a dream-come-true for avid hikers!), practicing Anusara yoga, and writing plays (a collection of which I have made available on this site, for your amusement) that thematize language. My favorite dog is the dachshund ('der Dackel').

Some of the Courses I've Taught at Ithaca College

German 350: Contemporary German-Language Film

German 327: German Conversation and Stylistics

German 303: German Civilization

German 316: Modern German Drama: Controversial Plays of the 20th Century

Linguistics 210: Uncovering English: Sociocultural, Ideological, and Historical Perspectives

Linguistics 275: Introduction to Sociolinguistic Inquiry & Methods

Linguistics 232: Introduction to Linguistics

Anthropology 290: Sociocultural Linguistics

Ithaca College First Year Seminar: Critical Thought and Expression Across the Curriculum

Ithaca College Honors Seminar: Ithaca Cultural Encounters


Current Projects 

An Ethnography of the German Language in Austria and South Tirol. LINCOM Europa Academic Publishing.

Technolingualism: Language and technology in dialogue. Bloomsbury Academic Press. 

Textures: pour approfondir la communication orale et étrite (Textures: Developing Oral and Written Communication). Yale University Press. 


See CV for List of Publications and Presentations

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